Physical vs Psychological Addiction: What is the difference?

Published 27 November 2020, in
  • Addiction
  • News

There are many misconceptions out there regarding addiction. One of which is that an addiction is a standalone physical illness which materialises from a conscious action. However, while the action which fuels an addiction does begin on a physical basis, it is in fact an illness which causes physical and psychological adaptations, all depending on

Stop the Stigma Around Men’s Mental Health

Published 20 November 2020, in
  • Mental Health

There has long been a stigma around men and mental health, below is an infographic exploring the issue men face and why we should stop the stigma towards men’s mental health. The most common issues men are experiencing is depression, anxiety, PTSD and substance abuse disorders, affecting men the same as women. The infographic explores

How to stop a gambling addiction

Published 20 November 2020, in
  • Addiction
  • Gambling
  • Mental Health
  • News

Gambling is commonly viewed as a harmless activity. After all, it’s heavily promoted across the media. Risks of developing a gambling addiction are also perceived as significantly lower when compared to the likes of drugs and alcohol, down to it being a physical choice, carrying recognised consequences of failure and loss. While this may be a common outlook, there are many dangers of gambling, at an excessive

How to manage anxiety during Lockdown 2

Published 13 November 2020, in
  • Mental Health
  • News

The impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to affect us all. Ever since the COVID-19 outbreak was declared a global pandemic, many of our lives have significantly changed, almost overnight. With little time to prepare physically or mentally for what was to come, and with so much still unknown about the coronavirus, anxiety levels have

What effects have COVID-19 lockdowns had on recovering alcoholics?

Published 6 November 2020, in
  • Addiction

COVID-19 has turned our lives upside down, in one way or another. This unprecedented global pandemic has led to job losses, to undetected health problems, to bereavement, and to a new normal of social distancing and strict hand hygiene. While we’re all in the same boat, down to lockdowns, unfortunately, many individuals are slipping through the gaps when

Does Covid-19 pose an added risk for people with addiction disorders?

Published 30 October 2020, in
  • Addiction
  • Mental Health

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to have ramifications in all areas of life across the length and breadth of the planet, one group of people who may come to suffer more so than others is those who have addiction disorders. Both those currently struggling to overcome drug abuse or alcohol abuse and those in recovery

Returning to work after addiction rehab

Published 23 October 2020, in
  • Rehab

Returning to work after addiction rehab can be daunting.  It is not uncommon for you to have several reservations about the impact it will have on your recovery. You may even be worried that it will hinder your addiction recovery. After all, as you entered a rehabilitation facility, you had the opportunity to put all

Staying on top of addiction recovery during Covid-19

Published 16 October 2020, in
  • Addiction
  • Mental Health

Covid-19 and the global pandemic it has influenced has flipped our lives, our norms, our routines, our plans for the foreseeable future. Through this unprecedented time, many negatives have been experienced, with a strong correlation with mental health issues and addiction. While Coronavirus may be an unfamiliar experience, addiction recovery for many isn’t. However, through

How Long Does Rehab Take?

Published 9 October 2020, in
  • Addiction
  • Rehab

At Addiction Advocates, one of the most commonly asked questions we experience falls around the average length of stay in drug rehab. Are you wondering how long a drug and alcohol rehab stay can last? While understanding the potential timescale of rehab is convenient and recommended, it is important to remember that your personal stay

Self-Care And Its Importance In Addiction Recovery

Published 2 October 2020, in
  • Addiction
  • Inspiration

Self-care is a commonly thrown around phrase. It falls within many different categories, from wellness and addiction recovery, to fads and beautifying hacks. While in some of those categories, it will be a way to maximise sales or engage customers, in areas such as addiction recovery, as mental health healing, as wellbeing and stress management,

The Relationship between addiction and anxiety

Published 28 September 2020, in
  • Addiction

The Relationship between addiction and anxiety As is often the case with dual diagnosis conditions, it is common for addiction and anxiety to be present simultaneously within an individual. There’s often a relationship between substance addiction and anxiety – they very often make each other far, far worse due to their association. The word “anxiety”

The Dangers Surrounding Detoxing from Alcohol at Home

Published 11 September 2020, in
  • Alcohol Addiction
  • detox

If you or a loved one is suffering with an alcohol addiction, the most effective way to achieve long-term recovery is to complete a comprehensive treatment programme, normally at an addiction rehabilitation centre. For most of us, drinking alcohol is a social activity to enjoy every now and then. However, when this turns into excessive

What is Rehab?

Published 8 June 2020, in
  • Rehab

‘What is rehab?’ is a commonly asked question here at Addiction Advocates. Although ideas of rehab are shared through society and the media, a true understanding of what rehab is and what it can offer is limited, unless you or a loved one has experienced it.   It’s also important to note that there are different

Our Guide on Living with An Alcoholic

Published 8 June 2020, in
  • Alcohol Addiction

Living with an alcoholic is very challenging. Although substance use disorders are tough for the individual at hand, for friends and family, this time can be disheartening, worrying and difficult to accept. The rollercoaster of emotions commonly experienced over long-term alcohol abuse can be hard to deal with. The experience feels inhuman to brush under

Am I An Alcoholic?

Published 8 June 2020, in
  • Alcohol Addiction

Do you compare your drinking habits with those around you, mentally asking yourself ‘am I an alcoholic’? Are you struggling to understand the blurred line between normalised, excessive drinking habits and an alcohol dependence? Are you hoping to grasp where you currently stand with alcohol? In today’s society, excessive alcohol consumption has been normalised. Alcohol